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Mystic, CT: Beyond Whaling

WHY GO: Of the 2,700 commercial whaling ships that plied the world’s seas in the 19th and early 20th centuries, only one remains: the Charles W. Morgan, and it happens to reside at Mystic Seaport in Mystic CT. After being restored to sea-worthiness, the historic ship returned to the water in July, 2014 and after […] Read more

Lancaster County PA Settlers; Religious Leaders, Brewers, Watchmakers With Some Trainspotting on the Side

WHY GO: There are quite a few ways to approach Lancaster County PA; experiencing the city itself as an arts magnet, getting lost among the “Simple Folk” in the surrounding farmlands – or stepping back in time to study the seeds of Amish and Mennonite life in the region. The oldest Mennonite Meeting House – […] Read more

Lancaster County PA; Where Buggy Whips Still Fly Off the Shelves

WHY GO: When you come to Lancaster County, PA, please leave your Type-A personality at home.  Time moves slower in this lush farmland, and, wandering the back roads, you will get stuck behind a clip-clopping Amish buggy. Though attractions and shops can be far apart, getting lost on undulating byways is half the pleasure. Breath […] Read more

Frederick MD: A Mini-Philly With A Charm All Its Own

WHY GO: Maryland’s second largest city (after Baltimore), Frederick MD, is on the move. Distilleries have popped up like stills in the hills, and a stunning downtown canal-walk swarms with locals on balmy days and nights. With its brick row homes, adorable boutiques, and growing culinary scene, Frederick feels like a mini-Philly but has a […] Read more

Sussex County NJ: Four Seasons Resorts and Fluorescent Rocks Galore

WHY GO: Rock hounds already know about Sussex County NJ. New Jersey’s Northwest region claims the largest concentration of fluorescent rocks and minerals in the world. You can see a critical mass of these glowing objects at a decommissioned zinc mine, which is now an indescribably awesome museum complex. But you can also hike part […] Read more

Portland, ME: For Poets, Foodies, and Culture Vultures

WHY GO: When I first wrote about Portland ME ten years ago, this working port on Casco Bay was a laid-back town with a “mellow vibe.” But now it’s crazy busy, especially in Old Port by the waterfront, where uneven cobblestone streets make ambling a pleasurable challenge. There are a gazillion places to eat, catering […] Read more

New Bedford, MA: A Working Port With Literary, Culinary, And Historic Appeal

WHY GO: Called “The City That Lit the World,” New Bedford MA, once the planet’s premier whaling town, claimed more millionaires than any other city in America. From the 1820’s until whaling’s demise in 1925, when the last whaling ship sailed out of New Bedford Harbor, this city dominated the industry. More pure, smokeless spermaceti […] Read more

Drinks on the House: 15 Great Hotels, Inns, and B&B’s That Serve Free Alcoholic Beverages To Guests

Coffee? Tea? Wine? Hotels, inns, and B&B’s that offer complimentary alcoholic beverages are becoming more and more prevalent these days, and the practice is just one way that the lodging industry is winning fans in this age of Culinary Tourism. Inn owners and hotel managers understand that a glass of bubbly can perk up a […] Read more

Salem, MA Without Witches

WHY GO: Thought Salem was all about witches?  Make a beeline to the electrifying Peabody Essex Museum to discover that’s just not so.  Though Salem, Massachusetts is most associated with the Witch Trials, you can spend a few days here without experiencing anything witch-related at all.  One of the nation’s best – and dare we […] Read more

Somerville MA: The Row Hotel @ Assembly Row and Culinary Davis Square

The Row Hotel at Assembly Row – Autograph Collection, Somerville MA The “Assembly” of Assembly Row, a mixed use development just outside of Boston, refers to the factory on this site that produced Ford automobiles, including the doomed Edsel, from 1926-1958. The developers of Assembly Row in Assembly Square – a relatively new neighborhood in […] Read more

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